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  • Space Shuttle Discovery Crew Returns to Earth After Fortifying International Space Station Science

    04.20.10 - Space shuttle Discovery and seven astronauts ended a 14-day journey of more than 6.2 million miles with a 9:08 a.m. EDT landing Tuesday at NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida.

  • STS-131 MCC Status Report #32

    04.20.10 - Space shuttle Discovery completed a 6.2-million-mile mission to restock the International Space Station and set the stage for its final remaining flight.

  • STS-131 MCC Status Report #29

    04.18.10 - The astronauts onboard space shuttle Discovery are getting ready to conclude their successful mission to the International Space Station, weather permitting, with a planned landing at the Kennedy Space Center in Florida Monday at 7:48 a.m. CDT.

  • STS-131 MCC Status Report #27

    04.17.10 - Preparations for landing take center stage Sunday as the seven astronauts on space shuttle Discovery wrap up a 10-day stay at the International Space Station that included three spacewalks and delivery of more than seven tons of equipment and supplies.

  • STS-131 MCC Status Report #28

    04.18.10 - Space shuttle Discovery crew members spent much of their day getting ready to come home after their successful mission to the International Space Station.

  • STS-131 MCC Status Report #25

    04.16.10 - The crews of Discovery and the International Space Station will part company Saturday morning wrapping up a mission that brought 7.6 tons of supplies and equipment to the station, including a new crew sleeping quarters, a new ammonia tank, a new gyroscope and four experiment racks.

  • STS-131 MCC Status Report #20

    04.14.10 - As the crew on orbit took an afternoon break, teams on the ground continued troubleshooting problems with a jammed cooling system valve, assessing options and developing plans for a possible fourth spacewalk.

  • STS-131 MCC Status Report #19

    04.14.10 - With transfer of equipment, experiments and supplies between the two spacecraft virtually complete, Discovery and International Space Station crew members got the afternoon off.

  • STS-131 MCC Status Report #17

    04.13.10 - Space shuttle Discovery Mission Specialists Rick Mastracchio and Clayton Anderson completed the replacement of a depleted ammonia coolant tank on the International Space Station, finishing the complex three-spacewalk process.

  • STS-131 MCC Status Report #18

    04.13.10 - The astronauts and cosmonauts on space shuttle Discovery and the International Space Station will wrap up the transfer of equipment and science experiments between the two vehicles, join for the traditional crew news conference with reporters at the NASA centers and in Russia and take some time off to enjoy the view.

  • STS-131 MCC Status Report #16

    04.12.10 - Spacewalkers Rick Mastracchio and Clayton Anderson will begin the third and final spacewalk of the mission, finishing the installation of a new ammonia tank for the International Space Station’s cooling systems and continuing transfers equipment and supplies.

  • STS-131 MCC Status Report #15

    04.12.10 - After a morning off, Discovery astronauts got back to work moving equipment and supplies to and from the International Space Station and preparing for Tuesday’s spacewalk, the third and last planned for their mission.

  • STS-131 MCC Status Report #14

    04.11.10 - Astronauts on space shuttle Discovery will enjoy some well-deserved off-duty time in the morning, then continue to transfer items from the Leonardo Multi-Purpose Logistics Module and prepare for the final spacewalk of the mission in the afternoon.

  • STS-131 MCC Status Report #11

    04.10.10 - Moving equipment and supplies brought to the International Space Station by Discovery, preparation for the mission’s second spacewalk on Sunday and chats with media representatives and students filled much of the crews’ day.

  • STS-131 MCC Status Report #12

    04.10.10 - Mission Specialists Clay Anderson and Rick Mastracchio have begun final preparations for the second spacewalk of this mission, planned for 1:16 a.m. CDT.

  • STS-131 MCC Status Report #10

    04.09.10 - Upon waking, the seven astronauts onboard Discovery and the International Space Station’s Expedition 23 crew learned the mission would be extended one day to allow for a docked inspection of the shuttle’s thermal protection system.

  • STS-131 MCC Status Report #08

    04.08.10 - Mission Specialists Clayton Anderson and Rick Mastracchio will leave the Quest airlock after midnight for the mission’s first spacewalk to prepare a new ammonia tank and gyro assembly for the International Space Station and to retrieve a science experiment from the station’s porch, the Japanese Kibo Laboratory’s exposed facility.

  • STS-131 MCC Status Report #07

    04.08.10 - It was moving day aboard the International Space Station as the Leonardo Multipurpose Logistics Module was relocated from Discovery’s payload bay to a port on the Harmony node at 11:24 CDT Wednesday night.

  • STS-131 MCC Status Report #06

    04.07.10 - Discovery’s crew is ready to lift the Leonardo Multi-Purpose Logistics Module from the shuttle’s payload bay, mate it to the International Space Station’s Harmony module, and begin unpacking the 21-foot-long, 15-foot-wide moving van.

  • NASA's Shuttle Discovery Heads to Station After Predawn Launch

    04.05.10 - Space shuttle Discovery lit up Florida's Space Coast sky about 45 minutes before sunrise Monday with a 6:21 a.m. EDT launch from NASA's Kennedy Space Center.